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Visit North of Sary-Chelek and Local Shepherd

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Sary-Chelek lake in reserve

Sary-Chelek lake
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Sary-Chelek reserve 

Trekking around Sary-Chelek lake offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the beauty of Kyrgyzstan's natural landscapes. Over the course of 5 days, trekkers are treated to a diverse range of experiences, from interacting with local nomads to witnessing stunning panoramic views. The trekking route takes visitors through a variety of terrains, including lush green landscapes, high rock mountains, and serene lakes. Along the way, trekkers have the chance to observe wild animals in their natural habitats and marvel at the colorful array of flowers that dot the landscape.

  One of the highlights of the trek is the chance to visit local nomadic communities, where visitors can learn about traditional ways of life and sample authentic Kyrgyz cuisine. This cultural immersion adds a unique dimension to the trekking experience, providing a deeper understanding of the region's history and heritage. 

  Overall, trekking around Sary-Chelek lake is a truly unforgettable experience that combines breathtaking natural beauty with rich cultural encounters. Whether you are an avid hiker or simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, this trek offers something for everyone.


Category: horseback/trekking 

Duration: 4 days horseback or 5 days trekking

Level of difficulty: Moderate 

Best season: May 25 – September 30 

Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, torch, sleeping bag, tent, and sleeping pad.

Itinerary: Kara-Suu village – Kara-Suu Lake – Makmal Pass – Sary-Chelek North Lake – Ashuu Pass – Sary-Chelek Reserve – back to Kara-Suu village

Day 1: Welcome to your guesthouse in Kara-Suu. Dinner.

Day 2: Breakfast. Setting off northwards from Kara-Suu to the Kara-Suu Gorge, along the banks of the Kara-Suu River, crossing by wooden bridges as necessary. The gorge becomes rather narrow and the slopes are covered with a beautiful silver fir forest. Further on the track passes below a waterfall and then climbs over a small pass to Kara-Suu Lake (1,800 m, 17 km, 4 hours). 

Kara-Kamysh lake trekking and horseback riding tours
Trekking to Kara-Kamysh lake

Day 3: Breakfast, then continue the trek along the Kara-Suu River where the slopes of the mountains are covered with silver fir forests. The stony road winds through inhabited jailoos (mountain pastures) where you stop for lunch below the Makmal Pass. After lunch, you cross the Makmal Pass (2700m) and descend into the Kojo-Ata River valley and on to Sary-Chelek Lake where you will have dinner and camp overnight in tents. 

North Sary-Chelek lake
Ashuu pass

Day 4: Breakfast, followed by crossing the Ashuu Pass (2600m) where you are surrounded by fir forests and have a panoramic view of the infinite ridges of the Tien-Shan Mountains stretching to the far horizon and beyond. During the descent from the pass, you will have lunch and then continue down through the Ashuu Gorge to the bottom part of Sary-Chelek Lake where you will have dinner and camp overnight in tents (25 km, 6 hours). 

Sary-Chelek reserve
Camping fire and shashlyk

Day 5: Breakfast followed by a sort excursion to the 5 small lakes of Sary-Chelek (10km, 2,5 hours) till noon. Have supper and camp overnight in tents near Lake Iri-Kol 

Iri-Kol in Sarychelek reserve, Sary-Chelek travel tours

Day 6: Breakfast and relax near Iri-Kol Lake, followed by lunch at 12.00. After lunch continue trekking among the nut forests and get a panoramic view of Sary-Chelek. Descend from the Pass to Kara-Suu or Arkyt village for dinner in a guesthouse (20 km, 4 hours).

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Time to fish, Kara-Kamysh Yurt camp
Walnut forest

Day 7: Breakfast. Morning departure.


Attention: The above description is given for trekking is 5 days! 

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